Kaitlyn Gross is fouled while shooting at LeRoy-Ostrander. Photo by S. Lee Epps
Kaitlyn Gross is fouled while shooting at LeRoy-Ostrander. Photo by S. Lee Epps
The Spring Grove girls basketball team split a pair of conference games last week to end the regular season. The Lions received the No. 11 seed among 20 teams in the section tournament that begins this week.

SG dropped a hard-fought SEC game at Mabel-Canton 53-51 on Feb. 12, fading down the stretch thanks to missed free throws.

The Lions ended the regular season with a 75-38 Saturday road win at LeRoy-Ostrander.

The Lions finished the season 10-13 overall, 6-7 in the Southeast Conference. They were tied with Schaeffer Academy and Mabel-Canton for second place in the final East Division standings.

Loss at Mabel-Canton, 53-51

It was an emotional night in the Mabel-Canton gymnasium. It was a packed house because of Parents Night and a Cancer Awareness fundraiser. The game had been postponed a week due to a tragic auto accident that took the lives of two girls, one of them, Avery Arneson, was a member of the varsity basketball team. All in all, Mabel-Canton was looking for something to cheer about, and the Cougar girls worked hard for it.

M-C and SG have played 102 times with this 53-51 Cougar win leaving both with 51 wins, including an equally competitive 48-to-42 Lion victory earlier this season.

This second matchup between the two teams would come down to free throws. More specifically, it would come down to missed free throws.

Like that first meeting, Spring Grove once again made more trips to the foul line, but M-C hit just enough at the end to hold on. The Lions (9-13, 5-7 SEC) had trimmed a 12-point deficit down to two (44-42) but hit only 1 of 7 free throws and 3 of 11 from the field in the final six and half minutes.

However, the Cougars (8-15, 6-5 SEC) left the door open with four late turnovers while sinking only 4 of 9 charity shots in the final minute and a half.

Up by three points with 14 seconds to play, Mabel-Canton missed two free throws, but the rebound went out of bounds to the Cougars, and Spring Grove was forced to foul again. Payton Danielson sank the final two foul shots to make it a 5-point/2-possession lead with 7.5 seconds remaining.

Spring Grove’s Mariah Edgington hit a 3-point field goal at the buzzer, but the Lions were still two points behind.

In the two-point loss, the Lions missed more free throws (14) than they hit (10) while M-C went 7 for 13 (54%). The Lions scored first, but the Cougars led the rest of the way, up 27-20 at halftime, and by as many as 12 points early in the second half.

Spring Grove got 14 points each from Edgington and Lauryn Bohr along with 9 from Alyssa Johnson. Kailee Olerud collected a game-high 8 rebounds. Amelia Solum (6 points) was the lone Lion with more assists (5) than turnovers. Unfortunately for SG, Bohr missed significant minutes in the second half in foul trouble.

For M-C, Danielson scored a game-high 16 points with a team-high 6 rebounds. Jordyn Newgard added 12 points.

Team statistics were as close as the final score. Each team had 20 turnovers, and Spring Grove held a slim 30-to-28 edge in rebounds. Spring Grove had 52 official shots and M-C 51, but the Cougars shot a little better from the field, 41% to 35%, and cashed in two winning free throws at the end.

The last two teams to win the SEC East - M-C in 2017 and SG the previous seven seasons - came into this game in a three-way battle for second place along with Schaeffer Academy. That trio would end the week and regular season with identical 6-7 conference records.

While the varsity teams split their two-games, the Cougars swept the B- team series with a 34-33 win on a last-second shot.

SG 51, M-C 53

INDIVIDUALS: P-points, R-rebounds,

A-assists, S-steals, B-blocked

shots. Listed in order of

jersey number. * starter

*Lauryn Bohr 14P, 4R, 1A, 2S, 1B

*Alyssa Johnson 9P, 4R, 2A, 4S, 1B

Mariah Edgington 14P, 5R, 4A, 4S

*Amelia Solum 6P, 1R, 5A, 1S

*Kailee Olerud 1P, 8R, 1A, 1S

Sydnie Kampschroer 1S

*Harlee Gavin 3P, 3R, 2S

Kaitlyn Gross 4P, 5R, 1A, 4B



SG 20+31=51

MC 27+26=53

all FG: SG 35% (18-52), MC 41% (21-51)

2-pt FG: SG 34% (13-38), MC 45% (17-38)

3-pt FG: SG 36% (5-14), MC 31% (4-13)

Free throws: SG 42% (10-24), MC 54% (7-13)

Rebounds: SG 30, MC 28

Turnovers: SG 20, MC 20

Fast break pts: SG 6, MC 10

Pts. in paint: SG 32, MC 24


Win at L-O, 75-38

Spring Grove dealt LeRoy-Ostrander a 26th loss in 26 games this season. It was also the 23rd-straight win for the Lions in this series that Spring Grove now leads 55 wins to 11. This 37-point decision was a conference contest, whereas the previous 43-point home win for the Lions was a non-conference encounter.

Spring Grove jumped ahead 11-2, and L-O made only one challenge for the lead after that. The Lions missed all nine shots during a 12-possession stretch, allowing the Cardinals to cut a 13-point deficit down to four points (19-15).

But the Lion offense recovered for a 34-21 halftime lead and then opened the second half with a 19-to-2 run.

Spring Grove tried to keep the ball away from 2,000-point career scorer Haley Hungerholt as much as possible - with some success. However, after scoring 22 points in their first meeting, the junior point guard scored 24 of the 38 Cardinal points in the rematch.

Three Lions scored in double figures with Johnson matching a career-high 17 points, along with 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocked shots.

Solum put in 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Bohr added 13 points and 6 steals.

Harlee Gavin (8 points) had career highs with 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Sydnie Kampschroer came off the bench to score 9 points.

The game was rugged with 28 Cardinal fouls leading to 37 Lion free throws (22 for 37, 59%). SG defended with only nine fouls.

The Lions had 89 official shot attempts from the field, the most in 11 years. Between Spring Grove shooting only 29% and L-O 23%, there were 96 rebounds (SG 52, L-O 44).

LeRoy-Ostrander is a very young program, with no seniors, one junior (Hungerholt), two sophomores, four freshmen, and six eighth-graders. With all that youth on the varsity roster, there is no Cardinal B-team.

The Lion eighth-graders (5-9) lost 40-34 while the seventh-graders (1-11) convincingly broke into the win column 42-12.

SG 75, L-O 38


*Lauryn Bohr 13P, 6R, 1A, 6S

*A. Johnson 17P, 6R, 1A, 5S, 2B

*Amelia Solum 15P, 8R, 3A, 1S

*Kailee Olerud 6P, 6R, 7A, 3S, 2B

S. Kampschroer 9P, 4R, 2A, 2S

Marie Petersen 5P, 1R, 1S

Kyleigh Doering 4R

*Harlee Gavin 8P, 9R, 6S

Hannah Borreson 2R

Kaitlyn Gross 2P, 6R, 3B



SG 34+41+75

LO 21+17=38

all FG: SG 29% (26-89), LO 23% (16-69)

2-pt FG: SG 32% (25-79), LO 23% (13-56)

3-pt FG: SG 10% (1-10), LO 23% (3-13)

Free throws: SG 59% (22-37), LO 33% (3-9)

Rebounds: SG 52, LO 44

Turnovers: SG 17, LO 33

Fast break pts: SG 18, LO 19

Pts. in paint: SG 55, LO 25

Fouls: SG 9, LO 28


Section 1A Tournament

The format for the Section 1A tournament is different this year. There are no sub-sections, so the teams are seeded 1 through 20. The Spring Grove girls are the No. 11 seed and open up at No. 6 seed Randolph on Thursday, Feb. 22. The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round in Rochester and will take on either No. 3 Goodhue, No. 14 Mabel-Canton, or No. 19 seed Glenville-Emmons.

Section 1A Girls

Basketball Tournament 2018 (20 teams)

Defending section champion/state champion - Goodhue


#17 Bethlehem Academy at #16 Lanesboro

#20 LeRoy-Ostrander at #13 Fillmore Central

#18 Hope Lutheran at #15 Rushford-Peterson

#19 Glenville-Emmons at #14 Mabel-Canton


Lanesboro or Bethlehem Academy at #1 Lyle/Pacelli

#8 Kingsland at #9 Schaeffer Academy

Fillmore Central or LeRoy-Ostrander at #4 Grand Meadow

#12 Southland at #5 Houston

Rushford-Peterson or Hope Lutheran at #2 Hayfield

$10 Wabasha-Kellogg at #7 Blooming Prairie

#12 Mabel-Canton or Glenville-Emmons at #3 Goodhue

#11 Spring Grove at #6 Randolph


MONDAY & TUESDAY, Feb. 26 & 27

Quarterfinals at Rochester MCA (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)



Semi-finals at Rochester MCA (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)


FRIDAY, March 9

Finals at Rochester MCA (6 p.m.)


Southeast Conference Girls

End regular season


Houston*.……...11-2 (22-4 all)

Schaeffer Aca…. 6-7 (16-10 all)

Spring Grove…...6-7 (10-13 all)

Mabel-Canton.....6-7 (8-17 all)

Lanesboro……...2-11 (4-19 all)


Lyle/Pacelli*.……..13-0 (25-1 all)

Grand Meadow….10-3 (21-5 all)

Randolph………….9-4 (19-7 all)

Glenville-Emmons..2-11 (4-20 all)

LeRoy-Ostrander…0-13 (0-26 all)

*2018 champions



Spring Grove Girls Basketball 2017-2018 (end of regular season)

10-13, (6-7 SEC) *conference game; approximately 7:15 unless noted

W vs. Schaeffer Academy* 63-54

W vs. Lanesboro*51-42

L vs. Grand Meadow* 36-59

W at La Crescent 65-62

L at Houston*44-55

Iowa-Minn. Border Battle at Luther College

L vs. Osage (Iowa)35-70

L at Decorah (Iowa) 39-41

W vs. Mabel-Canton*48-42

W vs. LeRoy-Ostrander (non-conf.) 74-31

L at Schaeffer Academy* 48-63

W vs. Rushford-Peterson 63-40

L at Caledonia 31-81

Thur......1/11......at LeRoy-Ostrander* postponed to 2/17

W at Lanesboro*60-28

Mon......1/15......Lansing Kee, postponed to 1/22

L at Grand Meadow (non-conf.) 44-66

W vs. Fillmore Central 61-50

Mon.....1/22......Lansing Kee canceled

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli*31-82

L vs. Houston*47-80

L vs. Waukon 53-66

L at Randolph*45-62

L at Kingsland 57-58

W vs. Glenville-Emmons* 71-43

L at Mabel-Canton*51-53

W at LeRoy-Ostrander*75-38



1-16 (1-8 SEC)

W vs. Lanesboro 24-14

L vs. Grand Meadow 20-35

L at La Crescent 30-36

L at Houston 30-40

L at Decorah 28-49

L vs. Mabel-Canton 31-41

L vs. Rushford-Peterson 18-62

L at Caledonia 19-49

L at Lanesboro 16-24

L at Grand Meadow 19-43

L vs. Fillmore Central 21-38

L vs. Lyle/Pacelli 34-38

L vs. Houston 30-32

L vs. Waukon 25-50

L at Randolph 23-41

L vs. Kingsland 25-46

L vs. Mabel-Canton



5-9 (4-6 SEC)

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 27-16

L vs. Lanesboro 14-23

L vs. Grand Meadow 21-35

L at La Crescent 15-18

L at Houston 27-43

W vs. Mabel-Canton 29-21

L at Schaeffer Academy 24-28

L at Caledonia 24-44

W at Lanesboro 25-22

W at Grand Meadow 30-14

W vs. Fillmore Central 28-19

L vs. Houston 27-29

L at Kingsland 31-37

L at LeRoy-Ostrander 34-40



1-11 (1-7 SEC)

L vs. Lanesboro 16-28

L vs. Grand Meadow 8-54

L at La Crescent 15-46

L at Houston 25-38

L vs. Mabel-Canton 15-22

L at Caledonia 23-41

L at Lanesboro 12-17

L at Grand Meadow 22-47

L vs. Fillmore Central 14-25

L vs. Houston 15-24

L vs. Kingsland

W at LeRoy-Ostrander 42-12